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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    The Pre-War Guitar Company specializes in this. Martin also recently came out with a "road" version or something. I don't get it myself - it comes off as highly poseur-ish. Like people buying...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    I have the same or worse wear on a few instruments. Most of mine are speed necked now.
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    Re: Mixed octave strings on low end

    Many many previous posts on this. The dead simplest way to go is buy two sets of strings. Use one regular G string. Pair it with an extra A tuned down one step to G an octave higher.

    String up...
  4. Re: Red Hot Strings Workshop - Port Townsend, WA

    Sounds great. Yet another one I'll have to sit out because of my job....
  5. Thread: Douglas fir

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Douglas fir

    Sonny Morris has built some real nice sounding mandolins with Doug fir tops.
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    Re: Mapes Strings

    Mapes is one brand I've not tried yet. I've tried most all the usual favorites (except TI). My favorite strings so far for most of my instruments are Curt Mangan.

    Can anyone comment with a...
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    Re: High marks for Schaller GrandTunes

    Yes. I have a set I put on my Eastman mandocello to replace the ugly (but functional) OEM tuners. All the metal hardware on the 'cello was gold (except the tuners) and they had pearloid buttons...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    For mandolin - I use a strap and tone gard both sitting and standing and there's virtually no difference in difficulty or feel to me.

    I always stand for a performance.
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    Re: forearm / elbow pain

    I have the band type with a gel pad.
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    Re: DR Dragonskin Strings...oof.

    I have used DR Rare strings on my mandolin. The package says "acoustic guitar" but they really are an 8 string set with loop ends, appropriate length for a standard scale mando.

    They're good...
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    Re: two part epoxy

    Boy I wouldn't. The only use for epoxy is to fix something you NEVER want to be able to take apart or remove. There's almost nothing you want to use epoxy for on an instrument.
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    Re: forearm / elbow pain

    What you're describing is commonly known as "golfers elbow.". A similar pain on the outside of the elbow is "tennis elbow" which I developed early this year, exacerbated by guitar and mandolin...
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    Re: Violin gear tuning machines?

    Since we've exhumed this zombie thread, let me state I've since added a 10 string Hardanger viola. I asked the builder to use perfection pegs and I'm a true believer now!

    My other 4 fiddles have...
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    Re: Mandola owners

    I started using Curt Mangan "FusionMatched" phosphor bronze strings last year on mandolin, mandocello, (Martin HD-28) guitar and mandola.

    Best sounding strings I've ever tried (but I've never...
  15. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I've tried picks all the way up to 3.0 mm for both. I've found that a beveled 1.5 mm Gravity Gold pick (made of PEEK) is the best for both. Rounded triangle for mando-family, standard teardrop for...
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    Re: Battery generator to run an amp

    I already did this to build a battery powered inverter package that I use to power my acoustic amp for weddings, outdoor gigs, etc. It's on this thread. Pictures of it are on post #48 on the second...
  17. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    Must not be too many bluegrass players responding here. Most all the Bluegrassers I know and play with are multi-instrumentalists - covering at least 3 of the following: guitar, mandolin, fiddle,...
  18. Re: How has the mandolin changed your guitar playing?

    I was a guitar player for about 35 years before I took up mandolin (13 years ago). I was a decent intermediocre guitar player. I had been a fiddle player for about 40 years before I took up...
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    Re: Use of Oak in instruments?

    I played a mandola made by Craig Wilson at Wintergrass a year ago that had oak back and sides. It looked, sounded and played great.
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    I'm really looking forward to weekly bluegrass jams with my friends and bluegrass festivals again.
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    Re: Curt Mangan Monels

    I haven't tried the Curt Mangan monel strings yet, but I have been nicely surprised at how good the Curt Mangan phosphor bronze strings sound on my mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and guitar.
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    Re: Do You Have Too Many Instruments?

    Yes. I have 6 guitars. And 5 fiddles. And 4 mandolins (an F5, hybrid F4, banjolin and resonator mandolin), 1 A4 mandola, 2 octave mandolins (F4 and F5), a mandocello, a 6 string banjo, an ukulele...
  23. Thread: Lubrikit

    by Mandobart
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    Re: Lubrikit

    I used to use that (and nut sauce) on bridge and nut slots. Like any gel or grease-like product, I found it attracts dust and dirt. Now I just use graphite.
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    Re: finding someone

    Sam's a good guy. I've played with him a few times at Wintergrass and Daniel Gore's Mandolin Symposium in Spokane. Hope to be able to attend both of those again.
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    Straight from the website:

    "I also make DolaGards™ for Gibson™ mandolas, the D-Gard™ to fit Martin™ dreadnought guitars, and B-Gards™ for banjos."

    I have a D-gard for my Martin HD-28. Works...
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